Versata Computer Monitor Patent Survives Alice Challenge

By Kevin Penton (October 29, 2015, 8:07 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge has rejected an argument that a patent for monitoring computer performance on cellphones should be invalidated because it is simply an electronic way of solving a problem older than the devices, saying it is not an abstract idea.

In a five-page order, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Monday rejected Zoho Corp.'s argument that Versata Software Inc.'s U.S. Patent Number 7,092,740 is invalid under Alice, a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not patent-eligible under Section 101 of the Patent Act.

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